August 2015 – Monthly Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds – August 2015

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August 2015 Gaming PC Builds

 

Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:

Welcome everyone to the August 2015 edition of the Newb Computer Build Gaming PC Builds of the Month. You will find three separate budget builds below including a $1500, $1000 and $600 build. Each of the builds are flexible and can accommodate varying budgets should yours be less or more. Should you have any questions do feel free to ask below.

The August gaming pc builds of the month are going to be highly reflective of July’s builds with the near releases of Intel’s Skylake CPUs (specifically the Intel i5 6600K and i7 6700K) there hasn’t been too many notable hardware releases or price changes. The Skylake CPUs are now available for pre-order and you will be able to officially purchase / receive them near the end of August if you so liked. With the Skylake cpu releases come new motherboard releases that support its Z170 chipset and LGA1151 socket. As well, these motherboards will support DDR4 RAM and some more new features – this being the most exciting part of this release.

That being said, if you are looking to purchase a gaming pc build throughout August, these $1000 & $1500 builds currently use the Intel i5 4690K processor, which in benchmarks hasn’t so far shown too much of a difference in gaming performance between that and the new Intel i5 6600K. This would also mean if you have purchased a build using an Intel 4690K, this upgrade probably would not be worth it.

Enjoy thes gaming pc builds of the month for August 2015 and should you have any questions, comments or simply want to say hi, feel free to leave your comments below.

$1500 Gaming PC Build - Newb Computer Build

August 2015 PC Builds ( $1506 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400 and 1920×1080 & 4K!

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $1506
Processor Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K $230.39
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $31.24
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK (Black Edition) Motherboard Core i7/i5/i3 LGA1150 Intel Z97 Express ATX RAID Gigabit LAN (Integrated Graphics) $145.90
Graphics Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Overclocked 6GB GDDR5 PCiE Video Card Graphics Cards GV-N98TWF3OC-6GD (Supply on these cards has been low, if this particular card goes up or is unavailable aim to purchase a GTX 980 Ti for around $650 – $660) $659.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) UDIMM Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00/ BLS2CP8G3D1609DS1S00 $82.67
Hard Drive Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003) $50.97
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) (120GB version sells for $70) $99.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 80+ GOLD, 750W ECO Mode Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI and Crossfire Ready 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $129.99
Computer Case Silverstone Tek ATX, Micro-ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Foam Padded Side Panel Cases KL05B-Q (option also available with a Side Window) $74.99
Optical Drive Lite-On 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive Optical Drive IHAS124-14 $18.22

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

If you are wanting to game with extreme settings and game up to resolutions as high as 4K with ease, then this is the build for you. Last month we saw the release of the GTX 980 Ti graphics card, which came in at about 20-30% faster then the previously included GTX 980 (non “Ti” card). The $1500 build is solid this month with a bump up in the SSD storage to 250GB and the newer Silverstone Tek KL05B-Q pc case well worth its cost.

The processor used again is the Intel i5 4690K processor, which is very easily overclocked, if you wanted to bump up the processor to an i7, then please refer to the alternatives table below, however the benefit for a pure gamer will be minimal, however you may see the benefit should you do more then just game (ie. render video, graphics and the such).

I have included again the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK (Black Edition) motherboard. This Gigabyte board is more then capable of overclocking the included processor quite well, supports multi graphics (SLI & crossfire) and a whole bunch of other features. You can learn more directly on this motherboards specifications webpage on Gigabytes website.

The CPU cooler once again is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler, which is a worthy investment to take full advantage of the unlocked multiplier on the Intel 4690K processor, allowing an easy overclock. If you want to install a liquid CPU cooler instead, then I have also included the Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX liquid cpu cooler in the upgrade suggestions table below should your budget allow.

As mentioned above, the included graphics card is a GTX 980 Ti. This month we have a  Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card, boasting a whopping 6Gb of memory GDDR5 and accelerated by the NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture. This card is phenomenal and was a newly released card last month. I have found that these cards have been selling quick, so if this particular GTX 980 Ti is unavailable or spikes up in cost, search for a similar GTX 980 Ti that is in the price range of $650 – $660 as this is the cost it should be selling at; this card will perform amazingly.

We still have an included 16Gb of RAM in the $1500 build, for August we have a kit of 16GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport. 16GB kits of RAM has gone down a little further in price, so now is definitely a cost effective time to purchase a 16GB kit of RAM as its the cheapest its ever been at the moment.

The included hard-drive used is the same one I’ve included for a few months now, the Seagate Barracuda 1TB, which is plenty of space for most gamers. Also included is a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB Solid State Drive – This is a bump up from the previous months 120GB version of this SSD. The SSD is to be used as your boot drive where you should install your operating system and most used software. That way you can boot everything used the most as efficiently as possible while using the larger Seagate drive to store larger media items and less used software.

The power supply used again is the EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2 Gold Certified power supply, which is a high quality & efficient PSU and I highly recommend it and it should be enough juice to power this beast of a gaming machine.

The $1500 builds PC case this month is a newer released Silverstone Kublai KL05B-Q case that came out in June 2015. This is a solid case well worth its cost, with tons of space, easy to keep clean and foam padding to keep things quiet. This Silverstone case has the following features as noted by Silverstonetek.com:

  • Interference-free design for mounting 240mm or 280mm radiator
  • Highly flexible storage accommodation of up to 8 or 11 drives*
  • Quick access filters for easy cleaning
  • Motherboard back plate opening for quick CPU cooler assembly
  • Mesh front panel intake maximizes airflow with side window for viewing system innards (KL05-W)
  • Front-side intake vents with foam padded side panels to minimize noise (KL05-Q)
  • All black painted interior for stylish look
  • *Requires purchase of additional drive cage

$1500 Gaming PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

If you have a little bit of extra cash now or in the future, then you might be wondering what else you could spend it on either over and above the $1500 budget.

Some may want to upgrade to an i7 processor, such as the Intel Core i7 4790K featured below (Perhaps you do more then game? Or you like to show off? Either way the Intel Core i7 4690K is also very easily overclockable, so it does have plenty of potential for any enthusiast or individual using their PC for more then just gaming.

The build you see above includes a mid tower case which does have plenty of room for the included hardware, but for those who think they need more upgrade space or breathing room for their gaming pc then perhaps a full tower case such as the popular Phanteks Enthoo Full Tower PC case would be of benefit to you.

The Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX liquid cpu cooler can provide you with some optimal cooling if you would like a quality liquid cpu cooler, which would also keep your PC cooler while being nice and quiet. You could also go with more storage in your SSD by going with a super fast 1TB SanDisk Extreme SSD – or any combination of drives mentioned in the $1500 build overview above.

Intel Core i7-4790K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.40 GHz) (BX80646I74790K) ($339.99) – Do more then gaming? Like show off? – Then an i7 might be the right choice Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CW-9060021-WW ($111.99) – Add a liquid CPU cooler

Get a quality FULL TOWER PC Case (Tons of room for upgrades):Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis with Window Cases PH-ES614P_BK ($99.99)
A very fast 1TB SSD:SanDisk Extreme PRO 960GB SATA 6.0GB/s 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive (SSD) With 10-Year Warranty- SDSSDXPS-960G-G25 ($464.99)


$1000 Gaming PC Build - Newb Computer Build

August 2015 PC Builds ( $980 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 resolutions and even High Settings in some games at 2560×1400

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $980.38
Processor Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K $230.39
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $31.24  
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-GAMING 5 LGA 1150 Z97 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-In Rear Audio Amplifier ATX Motherboard $133.99
Graphics Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ 4GB GDDR5 256bit, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP SLI Ready Graphics Card 04G-P4-3975-KR


 

Alternative Card: *These two cards will perform similarly.

XFX Double Dissipation R9 390 1000MHZ 8GB DDR5 Display Port HDMI Dual DVI Graphics Cards R9-390P-F28M 

 

$329.99


$329.99

 


RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 (PC3-12800) 240-Pin UDIMM Memory BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00/BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00 $45.10
Hard Drive Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003) $50.97
SSD *none – check the additions / alternatives section below for options!
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $83.29
Computer Case Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black $54.00
Optical Drive Lite-On 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive Optical Drive IHAS124-14 $18.22

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1000 )

As for updates to the $1000 build for August, not a whole lot has changed to the main hardware. Basically, everything has stayed the same with the exception of a motherboard switch to a Gigabyte Gaming Z97X board, a different PC case and some graphics card branding changes to accommodate for cost differences with the previously used card alternatives.

This $1000 build is designed for those wanting to game with high FPS’s using HD resolutions of 1920X1080 no problem and even for those that want to push their games to higher resolution of 2560X1600. Depending on the game, FPS will vary as your resolutions increase, so always remember to do a little research with regards to the collection of games and or other software you’re planning to play and at what resolution.

The included processor is the Intel i5 4690K processor, which is the same processor in the $1500 build and for a while has been the go to gaming pc build processor. To easily overclock this processor, I have included the Cool Master Hyper 212 Evo to help you when overclocking and keeping those temperatures down.

As for a motherboard this month, I have switched the board to the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-GAMING 5. This motherboard has most of anything most gamers will need or want in a motherboard with the following features: (learn more about this motherboard at Gigabyte.com)

  • Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi MB3 gaming audio suite
  • Audio Noise Guard with LED path lighting
  • Gold plated display and audio ports
  • High end Nichicon audio capacitors
  • Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in rear audio amplifier
  • Killer™ E2200 gaming networking platform
  • Extreme multi graphics support
  • SATA Express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • M.2 for SSDs drives with up to 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • Long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps
  • APP Center including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ utilities
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™

The first graphics card included, is the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX and for the very same price I have included an alternative card for you to choose from, which is the XFX Double Dissipation R9 390. Both of these cards will perform very similarly, so I’ll leave the choice as to which you would like to go with. Both cards will max any modern game at 1920×1080 and even in resolutions beyond that up to 2560×1400. I would like to note though, that if you have a specific set of games in mind, try searching specific benchmarks for either the GTA 970, or AMD R9 390 as they might perform slightly better then one or the other in a specific game for example.

There is an included 8GB kit of RAM – the RAM featured again is the 8Gb of DDR3 Crucial Ballistix Sport kit – where 8Gb of RAM should be the perfect amount for this build and mot gamers. For a storage solution, we have a 1TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive, which should be plenty of space for most gamers – if you can splurge a little bit more I would highly recommend either switching to a solid state drive or adding a smaller SSD boot drive as seen in the hardware alternatives below; you will notice a world of a difference with read and write times guaranteed.

The power supply unit being used again is the EVGA SuperNOVA G1 650W power supply, which is a great PSU with all modular cables and it provides the perfect amount of power for this build along with room for some upgrades.

The PC case included in the $1000 build this month is a well reviewed classic, the Antec Three Hundred Two mid tower pc case. This is an affordable, durable case with plenty of room for a mid tower. For more information on this case please visit Antec.com.

$1000 Gaming PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

The small table of alternative or additional hardware below is for those with a little extra to spend in their $1000 budget build, or for future upgrade ideas.

You could SLI with two EVGA GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards, which would definitely be enough juice for extreme gaming at higher resolutions (2560X1600 & 4K for example), or even high resolution multi-monitor setups (*note: if you go with the AMD R9 390 graphics card, you can crossfire with another R9 390).

Since there is no SSD included in the base $1000 build, I do highly suggest considering one. An SSD makes a world of a difference in boot / loading speeds. Featured below is super fast quality SSD, the SanDisk Extreme Pro 240GB SSD – or maybe you have tons of media or simply need extra space, so you could upgrade to the 2TB version of the Seagate HDD. If you think you won’t utilize the entirety of a 1TB hard drive, then you could also ditch that drive and just get a single SSD.

The last upgrade suggestions includes the newer Corsair Hydro Series H80i GT liquid CPU cooler, which has an improved coldplate and pump design (learn more about Corsair’s new liquid cpus here).

Also, please *note that if you do decide to SLI with another GTX 970 (or Crossfire two R9 390’s), I would suggest you have at least a 750W PSU.

Add a Fast Quality SSD Boot Drive:SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive (SSD) With 10-Year Warranty- SDSSDXPS-240G-G25 = (+ $119.99) – SLI your graphics card:(*Potential future proofing upgrade? – *See note above tableEVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ 4GB GDDR5 256bit, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP SLI Ready Graphics Card 04G-P4-3975-KR ($329.99 – OR Crossfire with another R9 390 if you go with that card)
More Hard Drive Space With 2TB –Seagate 2TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST2000DM001) Price: $76.65 Corsair Hydro Series H80i GT Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CW-9060017-WW – Add a liquid CPU Cooler for quieter and more efficient cooling ($91.08)


$600 Gaming PC Build of the Month

Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $601 ): August 2015

(Game at Smoothly with Medium – High settings at 1920X1080 resolutions)

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $ 601.11
Processor AMD FD8320FRHKBOX FX-8320 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition $141.88
Motherboard
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$79.99
Graphics Card MSI R7 370 2GD5T OC Graphics Card $149.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 (PC3-12800) 240-Pin UDIMM Memory BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00/BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00 $45.10
Hard Drive Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003) $50.97
Power Supply EVGA 600 B1 80+ BRONZE, 600W 3 Year Warranty Power Supply 100-B1-0600-KR $59.99
Computer Case Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011050-WW $54.99
Optical Drive Lite-On 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive Optical Drive IHAS124-14 $18.22

Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build

The $600 is more then capable of playing any game out there and perhaps can play some of them one higher settings at 1920X1080. There have been some significant changes to the $600 build when compared to the July 2015 Gaming PC Builds of the Month. Specifically, the graphics card, motherboard form factor and in turn the PC case sizing, all of which I will go into more detail below. The major reasoning behind my switch, was that I’ve found that when using the smaller Micro ATX form factor it may prove a little more difficult for individuals newer to PC building to put hardware together due to less room, harder to manage airflow and overall upgradability due to size of case & less motherboard features. However, if you are interested in a smaller form factor $600 gaming pc build then check out July 2015s $600 build.

I have again included the new CPU addition to this build, the AMD FX-8320 8 Core Black Edition processor, which provides significant potential for a $600 budget gaming PC and this processor is also unlocked and easily overclockable.

The motherboard chosen this month is a full sized ATX motherboard – ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970.  This motherboard is a larger form factor board when compared to the previous months micro atx boards and has the following specification according to (read more at asus.com)

  • Dual Intelligent Processors – TPU + EPU.
  • Remote GO! – One-stop PC Remote Control and Home Entertainment
  • USB 3.0 Boost – Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP
  • Network iControl – Real-time Network Bandwidth Control
  • DirectKey – A Dedicated Button to Access the BIOS Directly
  • USB BIOS Flashback – Easy, Worry-free USB BIOS Flashback with Hardware-based Design
  • UEFI BIOS – Flexible & Easy BIOS Interface

Comparing this ATX Asus motherboard to last months micro atx Gigabyte motherboard you gain 6 SATA 6Gb/s, more usb 2.0 and 3.0 ports, better audio and more.

For the graphics card, as last month I included the newly release AMD Radeon R9 380, which is a great new card, but to save just a bit in this full ATX sized build this month, I’ve downsized the card very slightly in performance to an AMD R7 370 graphics card, going with the MSI R7 370 OC card. You will get slightly better performance going with an AMD R9 380, but check out the hardware alternatives list below for details on that if you have a tad extra to spend.

The included memory is  a kit of  Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB again and for the hard drive is a 1TB Seagate Barracuda.

The power supply used again is the  EVGA 600B 600Watt power supply, its at a reputable budget PSU and more then enough power for this build and more.

We have now changed the $600 builds case to a full ATX sized case. This allows for easy installation for first timer, good airflow and room for expansion should you want to put more hardware in the future or re-use for a future build. The case for the August 2015 $600 build is the Corsair Carbide SPEC-01. You may have noticed that this is the same case as used in the $1000 build last month and I think it provides the perfect addition to a budget build bringing everything together into a quality looking build.  The SPEC-01 has some of the following notable specifications (learn more at corsair.com):

  • Huge side panel window
  • LED front intake fan, with room for more
  • Flexible cooling potential
  • Multiple drive bays
  • Easy system builds, maintenance and upgrades

Upgrade Suggestions for the $600 Gaming PC Build:

The following are hardware recommended for those who have a little more then $600 for this build or want some suggestions to upgrade it in the future.

To get the most out of the AMD FX 8320 processor, you can overclock this cpu easily and to do so efficiently you will want a more efficient cpu cooler. The previous months needed a low profile cpu cooler, however I have now included the affordable and very reputable Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO cpu cooler.

The second choice here is a better graphics card (the same one as last months $600 gaming pc build), which is the Sapphire Radeon R9 380. Purchase this if you have a little more cash to spend, which is worth the investment for a little more fps while gaming.

If you need more hard drive space it doesn’t cost too much more to get a 2TB Seagate Barracuda, likewise you can also speed up your read and write times with a solid state drive such as the OCZ 240GB SSD you see below.

CPU Cooler:Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) ($31.06) Better Graphics Card (Sapphire Radeon R9 280): Sapphire Radeon R9 380 2GB GDDR5 DL-DVI-I / DL-DVI-D / HDMI / DP Dual-X OC Version (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card 11242-02-20G ($199.99)
More Hard Drive Space With 2TB – Seagate Barracuda 2 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DM001 Price: $76.65


August 2015 Gaming PC Build Mice, Keyboard & Monitor Peripheral Considerations

The peripheral considerations are included as an attachment to the August 2015 gaming pc builds of the month. The builds above include the essential hardware to build a gaming pc, however you do need peripherals in order to control your gaming pc. So if you already don’t have a mouse, keyboard, monitor or OS, then you may want to check out the following article.

The August 2015 gaming pc peripherals article is separated into three separate categories including each in a higher end, mid-range and basic peripheral category.

To view this months peripheral suggestions please visit August 2015 Gaming PC Peripherals – Keyboards Mice and Monitors

Gaming PC Build Mice Keyboards and Monitors - August 2015

Operating System Options

If you don’t already have an operating system for your new gaming pc build, then you’re going to have to either invest in purchasing a standard OS such as Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 with the option of upgrading to Windows 10. Otherwise, there are some free alternatives that you could consider.

The following are some operating systems you can consider installing upon putting your Gaming PC build together. The first two will cost you and are either Windows 7 or 8.1 – I have no opinions here so I’ll leave the purchase of these up to the discretion of yourself, but do keep in mind that either way you do have the option of upgrading to Windows 10 now. I have also included two other operating systems that are both currently free. Ubuntu is a Linux based operating system. The last OS is SteamOS, which is also a Linux OS being developed by Valve Corporation and is being made to be used for a Steam Machine game console.

OS Link Price Image
Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit $89.99  
Windows 7 Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack (New Packaging) $89.98  
Windows 10 Upgrade Upgrade to Windows 10 Free with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1  Windows 10 PC Build
Ubuntu Ubuntu – Desktop Free Ubuntu Logo
SteamOS SteamOS Beta “Build your own Steam Machine” Free Steam Operating System OS

August 2015’s Gaming PC Hardware Overview Video:

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  1. I’ve already started buying parts for the $1500 (w/ all upgrades except for SSD), any recommendations on a red and black motherboard, I purchased The Phantek case with the side window so would like to have a nice view into the case, want to go red and black through all components
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        1. It does and its a good quality paste. You would have to get more though should you ever take the cooler off the cpu though, but I would just use the pre-applied paste.

            1. No they generally won’t come with the ssd or optical, but the motherboard should come with a couple and I think the included Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK (Black Edition) motherboard above comes with two.

              1. yeah I found 2 in my MSI Gaming 6. Just, waiting on my i7 4790k to come in (monday) to start the build. now I’m getting mixed reviews about windows 10, would you prefer windows 7 over 10 or 10 over 7?

              2. There are some mixed reviews on 10 right now and there are some difficulties with some drivers, the usual new OS issues. Personally I find it a definite increase over 8.1, but what you could do is just get Windows 7, and then upgrade to 10 for free when you want to.

  2. Hi Corey,

    I was wondering when you would be putting up the September $1500 build and if it is that much different from this

    month. I was just wondering if I should go ahead and build the August or wait for what the September build will be.

      1. Hi pepino21 –

        Should have them up within a week or so, I can’t speak too much as to how much it will differ yet, but you might as well wait a bit longer as there could be some big changes.

        1. Thanks for the fast reply!

          I actually already went ahead and got the $600 build with your suggested upgrades, and accessories since this will be my first build. I am excited to get my parts and start! This site had been very helpful!

  3. Just wanted to say that this is amazing and very helpful!

    I’m slightly curious as to what you thought of the following product comparatively:

    http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/GLADIATOR+Intel+i5-4690K+%2F+GTX960+Next-Day+Gaming+PC+?productId=63588

    Although technically I’ve assembled a computer before, I find it quite scary 🙁
    This seems to look relatively decent for gaming and without the hassle of assembly.

    However, if I can get better individual components for a considerably cheaper price, I’d definitely make my own using your awesome suggestions.

    1. Thanks Geo!

      Comparatively that PC is very similar in terms of almost everything I’ve included in the $600 build and the graphics cards perform relatively similar as well. I’d say if you want to go that route and the price suits you then by all means go for it!

  4. 600 dollar build seem great… till i remember im in Ireland.. we win on the exchange rate but thanks to having over 21% tax on everything we buy its coming in at nearly 800 euro(with the R9 380), for me its a lot of money to drop on a budget pc. So my question is, is the 600 dollar build guaranteed to run games on high settings? specifically BF4/Skyrim

    1. Hi Dara,

      Sorry to hear about the cost difference / tax, makes it harder to get an affordable gaming pc for sure. The $600 build should run those two games on high 1920×1080 and for further clarification you can read through some of its benchmarks such as here – http://www.hardwareluxx.com/index.php/reviews/hardware/vgacards/35903-reviewed-asus-msi-and-sapphire-r9-380.html

      I would also look on youtube for some videos of individuals using the FX 8320 or R9 380 playing the games you’re into to get a feel for how the pc will perform as well.

      Let me know if you have any further questions!

  5. Hey, I tried the $600 build as my first pc I’ve built and I added an extra Cooler Master front fan. When I plugged it into my monitor and fired it up to start installing things the graphics card is not running, no fans spinning or anything. What do you think is the problem here, am I not giving it enough power?

    1. Use MSI afterburner to see if you can manually turn on the fans, if your GPU’s temperature is around 62 degrees celcius the fans stop working up to that point any hotter they will start working.

        1. I had everything plugged in and I turned everything on and I got a no signal from my monitor. As you can tell I don’t have the experience to fully fix the problem on my own but everything seemed to be running inside ok except for the graphics card.

          1. Thanks Corey! I just did build a computer a week ago, first time ever! So I do know some of the struggles. A very simple mistake you could be making Tyler, is that your plugging the HDMI or whatever display port that is connecting the monitor to your desktop into the Mobo instead of the GPU. Make sure it’s plugged into the GPU and NOT the Mobo or you will get no singal from your monitor.

            1. Thank you Alex for the advice but I definitely plugged it into the GPU, the GPU actually has two DVI ports that I plugged it into. I still am not understanding why it won’t run since just having it plugged into the PSU should give it power correct?

              1. It’s incredible! 🙂 Plays Witcher 3 on Ultra, Minecraft with Shaders, Skyforge on Ultra. Everything can be played on ultra, I’m shocked by it’s performance, it was an upgrade for 6 year old desktop with an AMD 6870 and a Phenom X4 910 which took about 30 minutes to boot. Now 10 second boots with an (SSD), an MSI 390, and a i5 4690k 🙂 It’s very similar to the $1000 build 😛

  6. Hi Corey
    Is it possible to mix/match some parts from these builds featured in these few past couple of months? I have The EVO cooler, and the DVD Drive that is recommended in each $1500 build (June-August) and these new parts look and sound amazing, Could I buy parts from June’s Build and get parts from August’s Build, and “swap” out the parts that are “lacking” (I used this word loosely) from the Previous months?

    1. Hello Sonny,

      You bet! Both the July and Augusts builds are interchangeable for the $1500 and $1000 builds. Feel free to mix and match if you like. Let me know if you have any further questions or want to run the final choices by me.

      Best of luck!

        1. Yeah including June’s as well, sorry missed that in there. The case from June was the NZXT S340, which is a very nice case but it won’t support an optical drive inside (so you could plug into motherboard instal what you need and be done, but there isn’t a permanent spot for it). Also if you go with e GTX 980Ti you could get the $1500 builds PSU as it has more wattage and is slightly more efficient, but you would be good either way as it required a minimum 600W for the Gigabyte GTX 980Ti.

          1. I’m pretty noob, and I have so many questions to ask, but I don’t want to have a super long box thing, do you have an email I could send you my questions?

            1. And very nice build you really went all out! One thing though would be if highly suggest a solid state drive on top of that whopping 6TB hd you have there. And 6gb is a ton of space were you needing it for something specific

  7. Hey Corey,

    Been following the site for almost a year now and I keep wishing I could get them but damn I click on a part and up here in Canada it’s usually X2 the price. Like the Gigabyte gts980ti, that one goes for over $1000.00 http://www.amazon.ca/GIGABYTE-GeForce-1152MHZ-7-0GHZ-3XDISPLAYPORT/dp/B013LDXMZM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440083660&sr=8-1&keywords=GV-N98TWF3OC-6GD

    cheapest 980ti card I can find here is a Zotac for around $850. Canada is great for medicare but CRAP for everything else.

    You should do up a Canadian section to your site or setup a store front so we Canadians can get parts relatively cheaper and then you can just “Gift” it on up here 😉

    I’m building a z170 setup and it’s around $2600.00 from what I have priced out.

    1. Hey Nick!

      Yeah there is a brutal difference in cost. You have to keep in mind the US to CAD currency though. Right now a $650 GeForce GTX 980 Ti being $650 is US dollars equates to $848.98 in Canadian dollars ($1.31 CAD = $1 USD right now). So really, an $850 card makes sense, just have to wait for the dollar to get better I suppose haha.

      Awesome though planning out a z170 build, that’s probably the way to go assuming you can get your hands on a 6600k or 6700k.

  8. Hi corey
    I’m a console player and i’m switching to pc
    Can you build a 700$ pc and sand it to me on ebay
    That would be great
    Because i live in a place where the part well take months to be available in the market
    So my only choice is to by it on ebay
    I looked on ebay and I didn’t find any good cheap build
    And you’re 700$ build is awesome
    And i don’t want to bay every single part on its own
    So if you be cain and build one for me and i well by it on ebay from you

    1. Hello Anas,

      I apologize as I don’t generally build PCs and ship to individuals as is poses a risk to myself in terms of purchasing the hardware without a guarantee of it being sold and my guess large shipping costs to then send the PC off. I know that you may have difficulty obtaining the hardware where you are, so perhaps if someone else here would be willing, or you could post in some hardware forums like Tomshardware with a callout for someone to build one of the monthly builds in this article.

  9. I’m in the process of building a new PC but have a question about the OS. Should I purchase windows 8.1 or 10? I was thinking of purchasing Windows 10 but afraid some of the parts on my build will not be compatible.

    1. I like to feature a variety of cases in each of the builds month to month, so introducing a new case is simply to diversify that piece of hardware. Generally I will try to include the best of the newest released cases, however there haven’t been many mid tower cases in the last couple of months released, so I have introduced cases that I would recommend within the above budgets. So either the Corsair SPEC 01 or the Antec Three Hundred Two would work perfectly, it would then be up to you which you liked best.

      Hope this answers your questions!

  10. On the $1500 build, what do you think about the new Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor? Also with the price slowly dropping on the DDR4 if you have the extra few bucks to spend, is it worth grabbing it now on a fresh system?

    1. Hi Eric,

      If you can get your hands on one of the new Skylake i5-6600K’s it would be worth it and the price of DDR4 is dropping as you said as these processors and the new Z170 chipset motherboards are being released. So all in all you might have to spend a little more, but if you do go with an i5-6600K I would say its worth getting DDR4.

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